Michael Russo endorses Stick Romano for Mayor
In a story reported on Hudson County View earlier today, Councilman Michael Russo endorsed Freeholder Anthony “Stick” Romano for mayor.
|Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo (l) endorsed Freeholder Anthony Romano for mayor earlier today.|
For the complete story, see the Hudson County View:
Talking Ed Note: HCV correctly notes in its story, this is not a surprise being that Michael Russo “came out from the cold” and finally threw in behind Romano showing up at his recent fundraiser. It’s a blow to the Old Guard backing Mike DeFusco who sought Russo’s political support.
Russo’s cousin and godmother, former first ward councilwoman Terry Castellano would have been more than a trite displeased had Russo backed Mike DeFusco for mayor. In 2015, Castellano was replaced by DeFusco who used the support of Mayor Zimmer to get elected.
Russo is a well known and controversial political figure who was captured in 2009 on FBI surveillance video agreeing to a bribe with an undercover FBI informant Solomon Dwek. Russo was not arrested and the plan to make payment was allegedly not consummated. Some wonder otherwise and question if a deal for cooperation with the government didn’t follow.
In 2012, MSV published a theoretical timeline on the Russo-Dwek Affair.
Russo was re-elected as third ward councilman in 2011 and ran unopposed to re-election in 2015.